29 – 1531 = John Oecolampadius dies
Psalm 51:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
John Oecolampadius was the Reformer of Basel. He was, after Zwingli, the most important figure in the early Swiss Reformation. It was Oeclampadius who was the gentle theologian as opposed to the harsh polemics of Zwingli. On November 29, 1531, the pastors of Basel gathered around his bedside and he asked of them news. They replied they had no news, so Oecolampadius said he would give them news. “In a short time I will be with the Lord Jesus.” The people prayed with and for the aged minister, who then passed away saying the 51st Psalm and praying, “Lord Jesus help me.” The 10 other ministers hit their knees in prayer as Oecolampadius passed from this world to the next. His confidence in the forgiveness purchased for him by the Lord Jesus Christ inspiring the next generation of ministers in Basel ought to inspire us as well.
Date and words taken from James I. Good “Reformed Reformation” pg. 56 but it should be noted that the book “Reformer of Basel” has the 23rd as the date of his death.
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